Our 2014 Vaca displays wonderfully dense, layered aromas of ripe boysenberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, black fig and dark plum, with whiffs of loam, savory dried herbs and sweet oak. The sumptuous, deeply concentrated palate delivers plush, mouth-filling flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, black cherry and black plum supported by ripe, fleshy tannins and culminating in a long, harmonious finish featuring bright fruit, spice and mineral tones. This lush, delicious Napa Valley red blend is hard to resist now, but it will handsomely repay 8-10 years of cellaring.
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December 30, 2016 – 2014 Proprietary Red Vaca, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, is a beauty with loads of loamy soil notes intermixed with blackberry and cassis, spice box and Christmas fruitcake. It shows plenty of fruit, relatively restrained oak (60% new French oak) and a dense ruby/purple color. It is full-bodied, fleshy and, like most 2014s, drinkable now, but capable of evolving for another 15 or more years. Cakebread Cellars has been on quite a qualitative roll of late and continues to demonstrate a Midas touch with all of its wines. Their first vintage was 1973, so they are coming up on the 43rd/44th harvest.